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Client Testimonial: KPA Keeps Laria Chevrolet Compliant

November 23, 2011

Laria Chevrolet is a full service dealership that serves the Akron, Ohio area. The family owned business has been a client of KPA's environmental health and safety (EHS) service since 2010. Tom Prather, Service Manager at Laria talks about how KPA keeps his dealership com...

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2012 Pension Plan Limitations

November 21, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

The Internal Revenue Service has announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for Tax Year 2012 . In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2012 because the increase in the cost...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: 401k, 403b, 457 plans, irs pension limitation, pension plans, retirement savings Read More

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Business on Meal and Break Laws

November 18, 2011

In the latest ruling on meal and break laws, a federal judge in the Southern District of California ruled in Favor of Penske Logistics. According to this decision, meals and rest breaks are not covered under wage laws. That means that meal and break laws for the transportatio...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: Court decision, FAAA laws, Meal and break laws, wage and hour laws Read More

Quick Take: 6H Rule Explained for Autobody Shops

November 17, 2011

This video by KPA Field Engineer, Lori Matthews explains what the EPA's 6H rule means for autobody shops. The rule is intended to reduce the public’s exposure of HAP’s that are generated from paint stripping and/or surface coating operations. There are six parts to the ru...

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General Duty Clause in Plain English

November 14, 2011

The General Duty Clause explained for dealerships and service centers by an OSHA enforcement expert. This video covers how dealerships get cited for General Duty Clause violations, and how to identify and address issues before they become citations. General Duty Clause is...

Posted in: Citations, OSHA Tags: Citations, general duty clause, most cited violations, OSHA General Duty Clause, osha top 10 Read More

Let's Make Every Day "Hire a Veteran Day"

November 11, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Today is Veterans Day. Make today more meaningful by committing your company to proactively recruit and hire veterans throughout the year. Our veterans have a higher than the already unacceptably high rate of unemployment or are under employed, although they have the prove...

Posted in: Employee Relations, Human Resources Management Tags: hire a veteran, tax credits, unemployment, verterans day Read More

Beaten on the job: get tough gloves

November 10, 2011

Browsing through the news emails this morning, I thought it's an interesting (funny?) coincidence how the placed one of their top stories next to sponsored content. It almost suggests that if you get beaten on the job you should get a pair of these gl...

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Safety Alert: Multiple Brands Recalled from First Aid Kits

November 09, 2011 by Chuck Elliott

Recently, agents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) visited one of our clients to inspect first aid kits for recalled items. This inspection was part of a larger reaction to recalls from H&P industries and their sister company, Triad Group. An FDA report on the co...

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Does the Respiratory Protection Standard Apply to You?

November 04, 2011

Reading through the 124 pages of OSHA’s new publication, Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard, there are a few helpful things for dealerships and service centers. Here is one of them. Use this handy checklist to determine if you actually need ...

Posted in: OSHA Tags: checklist for respiratory protection program, checklist for RPP program, OSHA, RPP, Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard Read More

Sexual Harassment Is No Joke

November 04, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Sexual harassment continues to be a very costly issue in the workplace. The most recent high-profile incidents involve presidential candidate Herman Cain . While CEO of the National Restaurant Association , Cain was accused of harassment and the association provided monetar...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: sexual harassment claims, sexual harassment in the workplace, sexual harassment prevention, sexual harrassment policy Read More